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Azzam Al-Ahmad
Member of Fatah’s Central Committee since 2009, and is responsible for advancing Fatah’s reconciliation with Hamas (official title: Fatah Commissioner of National Relations). In addition, he serves as the head of Fatah’s parliamentary faction. He is also a member of the PLO Executive Committee. On Aug. 2, 2018, he was named as the head of the PLO Department of Arab and Parliamentary Affairs. He is also the Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon.
Abbas in letter to Putin: Israeli “pay-for-slay” law is meant to prevent PA from “fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, who struggled for the freedom of their people… and who are worthy of all aid” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2019
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad received Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine Aydar Aganin at his office in Ramallah yesterday [Feb. 23, 2019].
Al-Ahmad gave the Russian ambassador a written letter from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas for [Russian] President Vladimir Putin. The letter deals with the recent developments and the cutting of part of the tax money by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) in a way that contradicts the economic Paris Agreement (see note below –Ed.) that was signed between the two sides – a step that contradicts international laws and that is meant to blackmail the Palestinian leadership and exert pressure on it, in order to prevent it from fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), who struggled for the freedom of their people and the end of the occupation, and who are worthy of all aid – regardless of the difficulties and pressures.”
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Fatah official in Syria: “The forms of the struggle are many, as it is not only the rifle but also popular struggle, armed struggle, negotiations, and diplomatic activity”, Syria has “recovered and defeated terrorism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2019
      “The Syrian branch of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’ held a central rally for the 54th anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of the modern Palestinian revolution… in Damascus, the capital of Syria. A PLO delegation led by PLO Executive Committee member, Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [and head of the PLO Department of Arab and Parliamentary Affairs] Azzam Al-Ahmad was present at the rally… Al-Ahmad conveyed the blessings of Fatah Movement Chairman and [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and his brothers in the Fatah Movement Central Committee…
In his speech, he noted that when the Palestinian revolution broke out it set a principle of long-term popular war. He added that the Palestinian revolution knew that the path of the revolution is winding, and that the forms of the struggle are many, as it is not only the rifle but also popular struggle, armed struggle, negotiations, and diplomatic activity… Al-Ahmad also congratulated Syria, which has recovered and defeated terrorism. He said that the Palestinian leadership has emphasized from day one that this ‘[Arab] Spring’ as it were is a dry Zionist summer for the Arab nation.”

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Fatah officials: "Jesus was the first Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2018
    "Dozens of members of our people lit the Christmas tree last night [Dec. 19, 2018] in the village of Khan Al-Ahmar (a site where Palestinian Bedouins illegally erected dwellings; see note below –Ed.), east of occupied Jerusalem. PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said: 'The lighting of the Christmas tree each year has many meanings in Palestine.' … He added: 'Christmas is one of the permanent Palestinian symbols, and the whole world follows Mass in Bethlehem… The children of Khan Al-Ahmar are happy about the lighting of this tree, as it is the symbol of the first Palestinian, Jesus, peace be upon him. We, the members of the Palestinian people, are celebrating Christmas together with everyone in the land of Palestine.' … Secretary-General of the National Initiative [and PA Parliament member] Mustafa Barghouti… said: 'Jesus, who was born on this land, was a Palestinian and defeated his suffering. This tree hints at an additional victory that the members of our people will achieve at Khan Al-Ahmar.'"
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Fatah and PA officials welcome and glorify newly released terrorists  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2018
     “The Israeli occupation authorities yesterday [Nov. 29, 2018] released the two youth Shadi Farah and Ahmed Al-Zaatari (i.e., terrorists, arrested for planning a stabbing attack), age 15, after they finished serving a 3-year prison sentence. At the press conference that was held opposite the Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Monument in Ramallah after their release… Fatah Movement [Deputy] Chairman and [Fatah] Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘We welcome our sons today, the children who have become men due to the difficult experience they underwent inside the occupation’s prisons.’ … The occupation authorities arrested the youths Farah and Al-Zaatari on D ec. 29, 2015 (sic., Dec. 12, 2015), on the pretext of an attempt to carry out a stabbing attack.”

The article includes a picture from the press conference following Shadi Farah and Ahmed Al-Zaatari’s release. From left to right are PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad, Shadi Farah, Ahmed Al-Zaatari, Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, and Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam.

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Fatah official praises the Syrian army on its recent “victories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 11, 2018
Headline: "Al-Ahmad praised the Syrian army's victories against 'terror'"
    "Fatah Movement Central Committee member, PLO Executive Committee member, [and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)] Azzam Al-Ahmad praised the victories that the Syrian Arab army and its allies have achieved against 'terror' [in the Syrian civil war], and considered them the main way to return matters to their correct path. Al-Ahmad said this during a meeting that he held today, Wednesday [July 11, 2018] at the head of a PLO delegation with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis, according to what the Syrian news agency Sana reported."
PLO and Fatah official: Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money is “stealing” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
Headline: "Al-Ahmad demanded that the Arab states fulfill their commitments to the Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds foundations"
      "PLO Executive Committee member, Fatah Central Committee member, [and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)] Azzam Al-Ahmad demanded that the Arab states fulfill their commitments to the State of Palestine's budget and to the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa foundations, so that [Palestine] can deal with the steps of punishment that the American government and Israel have imposed, the most recent being the Israeli Parliament's decision to steal the salaries (rawatib) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners in Palestine (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below -Ed.."
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PLO official denies PNF has stopped allocating money to PFLP terror organization 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 17, 2018
Headline: “Al-Ahmad: This is the truth about the allocation to the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] and Fatah’s meeting with the [PA] government”
     “PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped.
In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP. The truth is that the allocation to the PFLP is entering a bank account under the name of former [PLO] Executive Committee member and former Deputy Secretary-General [of the PFLP] Abd Al-Rahim Malouh, and comrade Malouh’s health condition does not allow him to carry out banking operations until the matter is arranged by the bank. That being said, this allocation has not been harmed.’”

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000- 2005 (the Intifada).
Fatah official: “Let them stop all of the aid to us, we will not sell the family of a prisoner or Martyr” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 28, 2018
         “[Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of National Relations, and Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon Azzam] Al-Ahmad said: ‘Our people’s struggle is not merchandise that is sold and bought, it is a legitimate struggle guaranteed by the international conventions for the peoples bowing under occupation.’ These statements were said as part of his response to the claim of Israeli Parliament representative [Nachman] Shai, who said during the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s c ommittee on Middle East affairs that the PA is paying the aid money as salaries to the families of the Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and described them as terrorists. Al-Ahmad added: ‘Let them stop all of the aid to us, we will not sell the family of a prisoner or Martyr in exchange for this money – they fought in order to get rid of the occupation.’”
Fatah official: US threats to cut aid to the PA are “extortionist”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 25, 2017
Headline: "Azzam Al-Ahmad: The PA will not be dismantled and the battle is open against the Trump administration"
      "Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said that the American administration is planning to take a series of steps in order to pressure the PA, among them stopping the aid and cutting off ties and relations between the sides… He noted that the American administration is talking today about ‘stopping the aid to the PA, and this is a decision that congress has already voted on previously,’ and he said: '[US President Donald] Trump's extortionist mentality regarding stopping the aid does not scare the Palestinians, who cannot be bought for money by anyone.'"

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Fatah official: Britain must correct “historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
      “Fatah Central Committee member and the [Fatah] Movement’s Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah) Azzam Al-Ahmad briefed British Consul-General [to Jerusalem] Philip Hall and Italian Consul General Fabio Sokolowicz on the latest political developments regarding the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation… Al-Ahmad demanded that his British guest correct his country’s historical mistake, which was expressed in the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and recognize the independent State of Palestine.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
PLO official: Balfour Declaration was “historical mistake” that Britain should correct, Israel commits terror against Palestinians  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2017
Headline: “Al-Ahmad calls on the Inter-Parliamentary Union to help our people’s struggle to end the occupation and to complete the recognition of the State of Palestine”
       “In his speech before the Inter-Parliamentary Union general assembly yesterday [Oct. 17, 2017], [Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) delegation head and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam] Al-Ahmad said that ‘The Palestinian people, which is standing firm in the occupied homeland and outside of it, expects you to stand alongside it in its ongoing struggle – since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) from British Foreign Secretary [Arthur Balfour] 100 years ago – for its freedom and the achievement of its national rights like the rest of the peoples of the world. We hope that Britain will correct its historical mistake against our people’…
The Palestinian National Council delegation head added: ‘In Palestine we do not attribute democracy to ourselves [as Israel does], we do not oppress and exploit the other, and [we do not] sponsor terror organizations that carry out oppression, killing, settlement, and destruction of the homes and farms of the residents, as the occupation authorities are doing against our people.’"
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Fatah official: "Armed struggle" remains a Fatah principle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 9, 2017

Official PA TV News, on reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas, with Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah) Azzam Al-Ahmad.


Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations Azzam Al-Ahmad: "It is the Palestinian people’s right to wage the struggle against the occupation using all the methods, but there should be a consensus on its form. We have not eliminated any method from our considerations, nor from our principles since the [Fatah] Launch [in 1965] until today: Popular resistance, armed struggle, and negotiations. If violence breaks out again, Israel will be responsible for it."
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Fatah official: The PA government is trying to take over the PA parliament 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 11, 2017
Headline: "Al-Ahmad: We are an authority lacking sovereignty, and the [PA] government is striving to be an alternative to the PA Parliament"
        "Head of the Fatah parliamentary faction, [Fatah Central Committee member, and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)] Azzam Al-Ahmad said that the [PA] government is striving to be an alternative to the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) by ratifying decisions with the status of law that are not urgent at all, and despite the opposition of the parliamentary faction members to these steps, the government is continuing to issue decisions with the status of law.During a meeting of the parliamentary factions - with the participation of representatives from the High Judicial Council, The Palestinian Judges Society, the General Attorney, and the Bar Association - at the PA Parliament headquarters in Ramallah to discuss a bill to amend the Judiciary Law, Al-Hamad emphasized that there is no need and urgency to pass the amendment to the Judiciary Law that the government isinsisting on changing.He said: 'We are an authority without sovereignty, and I do not understand the urgency in issuing the laws."

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Fatah official in response to terror attack on the Temple Mount: “It is the right of the Palestinian people to carry out all types of resistance according to the existing conditions”  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 15, 2017
Headline: “Al-Ahmad: Netanyahu is taking advantage of every incident to carry out acts of violence, and the resistance in all its forms is a right of the Palestinians”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)] Azzam Al-Ahmad emphasized that the shooting operation that took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., terror attack on July 14, 2017, 2 murdered) was exploited by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the ugliest way when he closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque to worshippers and prevented them from holding the Friday prayer there…
On the same issue, the Fatah Movement Central Committee member [Azzam Al-Ahmad] emphasized that it is the right of the Palestinian people to carry out all types of resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence) according to the existing conditions, and noted that the types of resistance are varied and also include the popular struggle."

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Fatah official falsely claims that Ben Gurion called for the elimination of Iraq, Egypt, and Syria 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 20, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Commissioner of National Affairs and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad
Fatah Commissioner of National Affairs and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Several days ago I decided to return to the diaries of [former Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben Gurion. I read a section that I would like to repeat. What did Ben Gurion say about Israel? He said: ‘Our power is not in our nuclear weapons. Our power is based on the elimination of three entities that are around us’ (sic ., Ben Gurion did not make this quote or the following quotes attributed to him), and he enumerated them in order: Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. He continued: ‘And [we should ] create religious and ethnic conflicts in their midst.’ He continues and says: ‘Our power is not in our cleverness, but rather in the stupidity of the others.’”
Fatah official: If the US embassy is moved, the PA will revoke its recognition of Israel, escalate “the peaceful popular resistance”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2017
"Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said… regarding the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Al-Ahmad said: 'The Palestinian leadership has 19 clauses for dealing with any political step that the US and Israel are liable to take.'
He revealed that the first of these steps is revoking the recognition of the State of Israel and demanding that it recognize the State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem, so that a state will recognize a state rather than an organization recognizing a state, alongside the strengthening of the internal Palestinian situation, and the escalation of the peaceful popular resistance (i.e., including violence)‎."

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See ‎Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=16437
Fatah official calls for expansion of "popular resistance" during visit to family of terrorist shooter 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2016
Headline: “Al-Ahmad calls for an expansion of the popular resistance in order to support the prisoners”
     "Chairman of Fatah’s parliamentary faction and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad called to expand the popular resistance in order to support the prisoners. He emphasized that a peace agreement with Israel will not be signed until the emptying of the prisons and release of all of the prisoners.
Al-Ahmad said in a speech that he gave… during a condolence visit to the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Turkeman… yesterday evening [Dec. 25, 2016] that the issue of the prisoners is included in the list of priorities and national principles of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership.”

Muhammad Turkeman – Palestinian Authority police officer who carried out a shooting attack on Oct. 31, 2016, at a checkpoint near Beit El, at the entrance to Ramallah. Using a Kalashnikov assault rifle, Turkeman shot and wounded 3 Israeli soldiers before being shot and killed by other Israeli soldiers.
Fatah official suggests goal is destruction of Israel in stages: Two-state solution will eventually become one “Palestine,” as North and South Vietnam became one 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2016


Official PA TV program
State of Politics, on the UN Security Council resolution of Dec. 23, 2016, against the Israeli settlements, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: "We agree to a state on territory that is 22%, and perhaps less, of the land of historical Palestine. By the way, I personally ? all of our [family's] lands, thousands of acres in the Jezreel Valley (i.e., Israel) ? none are in the '67 lands (i.e., West Bank), but rather in the '48 (i.e., in Israel). Despite this, I am certain that a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967 will return my historical rights to me in full. I am certain of it. Therefore, I am certain that we need to start. The historical examples of this are many. North Vietnam. There was a North and a South [Vietnam]. What is its name now? Vietnam! Isn't it?"
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Fatah parliamentary chairman calls to "expand the popular resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2016
“Chairman of Fatah’s parliamentary faction and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad called to expand the popular resistance in order to support the prisoners. He emphasized that a peace agreement with Israel will not be signed until the emptying of the prisons and release of all of the prisoners.
Al-Ahmad said in a speech that he gave… during a condolence visit to the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Turkeman… yesterday evening [Dec. 25, 2016] that the issue of the prisoners is included in the list of priorities and national principles of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership.”

Muhammad Turkeman – Palestinian Authority police officer who carried out a shooting attack on Oct. 31, 2016, at a checkpoint near Beit El, at the entrance to Ramallah. Using a Kalashnikov assault rifle, Turkeman shot and wounded 3 Israeli soldiers before being shot and killed by other Israeli soldiers.
Fatah official glorifies terrorist Marwan Barghouti, serving 5 life sentences  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 7, 2016
Headline: “Al-Ahmad: Fatah is loyal to its fighters on the path to freedom and independence”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and head of its parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad said that the fact that the Seventh Fatah Conference reelected PA Parliament (Legislative Council) member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist prisoner serving 5 life sentences) as a [Fatah] Central Committee member is an expression of the law of love and loyalty for the movement’s fighters, which is stronger than all of the laws and regulations.
In a press release today (Wednesday) [Dec. 7, 2016], he added that the election of Barghouti is confirmation that Fatah adheres to its principles and goals for the freedom of the Palestinian people, which has been struggling for the last 100 years in order to defend its national rights..."

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